A1 Journal article (refereed)
An empirical assessment of employer branding as a form of sport event sponsorship (2019)

Karjaluoto, Heikki, Paakkonen Lasse. (2019). An empirical assessment of employer branding as a form of sport event sponsorship. International Journal of Sports Marketing and Sponsorship, 20(4), 666-682. https://doi.org/10.1108/ijsms-10-2018-0103

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Karjaluoto, Heikki; Paakkonen Lasse

Journal or series: International Journal of Sports Marketing and Sponsorship

ISSN: 1464-6668

Publication year: 2019

Volume: 20

Issue number: 4

Pages range: 666-682

Publisher: Emerald Publishing Limited

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1108/ijsms-10-2018-0103

Publication open access: Not open

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Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/67207


Purpose. The purpose of this paper is to expand and test Backhaus and Tikoo’s (2004) employer branding (EB) conceptual framework from the perspective of internal EB in a sport event sponsorship context.
Design/methodology/approach. This study developed a set of hypotheses, which were tested in the context of a business-to-business multinational organization’s sport event sponsorship project. Empirical data were collected from 716 employees of the case company after the sponsorship project was complete.
Findings. The results support all the hypotheses and reveal that a sport event sponsorship project can act as a means to achieving EB goals in the investigated context.
Research limitations/implications. The sample of the study was limited to the existing personnel of one case company. The study measures the effects at a single point in time, thus the findings should be validated with longitudinal research design.
Practical implications. The results propose that companies can benefit from integrating sport sponsorship with internal EB. Practitioners are advised to create sponsorship projects that involve current employees effectively.
Originality/value. The study adds to the literature by being among the first empirical studies to have tested the effects of EB among current employees via a sponsorship project.

Keywords: employers; organisational culture; corporate image; branding; employees; recruitment of employees; sponsorship

Free keywords: organizational culture; employer branding; organizational identity; employer attraction; employer brand association; sport sponsorship

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Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2019

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